The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival occurred on Thursday, October 24 at Keystone AEA in Elkader. The festival was free and open to students of all ages and their families.
The goals of the festival were to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce children and parents to STEM careers in their local communities.
Organized like a street festival or county fair, visitors stroll from activity to activity at their leisure. All ages are welcome to attend. Exhibits will feature interactive STEM activities for students and their families. Attendees may conduct amazing science experiments, observe a variety of fascinating animals, perform surgery with a Laparoscopic Surgical Trainer, test their skills on a welding simulator, measure electricity usage of common electronic devices, and much more!
The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by the Northeast Region of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the University of Northern Iowa, Keystone AEA, Central Community School District, Clayton County Development Group, County Extension and Outreach, IowaWorks, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Upper Iowa University.